By Billy Kidd

That’s a legitimate question after the social network declared a portion of its 1.7 billion users dead, including founder Mark Zuckerberg, with tribute messages on their pages.

It even hit New York Times technology writer Katie Rogers. She discovered her page had the message, “We hope people who love Katie will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate her life.” At first she thought she had been hacked, but then discovered that some of her friends were also dead — according to Facebook.

Facebook issued a statement trying to clear up the death-hoax bug. “For a brief period [Friday], a message meant for memorialized profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts. This was a terrible error that we have now fixed. We are very sorry that this happened and we worked as quickly as possible to fix it.”


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